May we wonder and question together.
May we reflect upon who we truly are in the presence of others.
May we accept the challenge to feel the discomfort change brings.
May we courageously speak and act on behalf of ALL young children.
Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is as much of a paradox as early care and education. She seeks radical changes to the way we teach across the lifespan, and at the same time, as a Cancerian, she loves what is familiar and routine. She dreams of writing poetry, speaking another language, and playing the mandolin with The Chicks. And when she’s not dreaming, she is advocating for children’s right to be included, to learn through play, and to have secure attachments with responsive caregivers. She can also be found connecting people and ideas in ways that prioritize the wholeness of early educators.
Learn more at http://kristiepf.com.
Dr. Isela Garcia’s passion lies in reflecting upon who we truly are—in the quiet of our own silence and in the presence of others. As we learn to become more consciously aware, we become better able to identify our own values, beliefs, and biases. This is where the real work begins. It’s where we can get honest about how these values, beliefs, and biases show up in our lives particularly in our work with children…and with one another.
Learn more at https://www.alesigroup.com.
Ijumaa Jordan is a fat, Black, cis-gendered woman (she, her, her’s) daily engaging in the beautiful struggle of life, doing the internal and external work to abolish systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, transphobia, and classism, etc. Ijumaa shows up for this work with intensity and passion, being joyful, thinking critically, and holding a learning space with care and grace. She loves afternoon naps and snacks, you can usually find her online looking serious and laughing loudly.
Learn more at https://ijumaajordan.com.
Episode 1: What is the purpose of early care and education anyway? (playback here)
Episode 2: Why noticing and taking action against the accepted norm of authority matters (playback here)
Episode 3: The consequences for leaders, educators, families, and students when we focus on grit and perpetuate the "grind culture" (playback here)
Episode 4: Interpersonal and systemic ways we can support Black educators in school systems not intended to work for them (playback here)
Episode 5: December 1, 2020
Time: 11:00 am PT, 12:00 pm MT, 1:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm ET